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A hockey life like no other.

A hockey book like no other.

Scotty Bowman is recognized as the best coach in hockey history, and one of the greatest coaches in all of sports. He won more games and more Stanley Cups than anyone else. Remarkably, despite all the changes in hockey, he coached at the very top for more than four decades, his first Cup win and his last an astonishing 39 years apart. Yet perhaps most uniquely, different from anyone else who has ever lived or ever will again, he has experienced the best of hockey continuously since he was 14 years old. With his precious standing room pass to the Montreal Forum, he saw "Rocket" Richard play at his peak every Saturday night. He saw Gordie Howe as a 17-year-old just starting out. He scouted Bobby Orr as a 13-year-old in Parry Sound, Ontario. He coached Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux. He coached against Wayne Gretzky. For the past decade, as an advisor for the Chicago Blackhawks, he has watched Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, and Connor McDavid. He has seen it all up close

Ken Dryden was a Hall-of-Fame goaltender with the Montreal Canadiens. His critically acclaimed and best-selling books have shaped the way we read and think about hockey. 

Now the player and coach who won five Stanley Cups together team up once again.

In Scotty, Dryden has given his coach a new test: Tell us about all these players and teams you've seen, but imagine yourself as their coach. Tell us about their weaknesses, not just their strengths. Tell us how you would coach them and coach against them. And then choose the top eight teams of all time, match them up against one another in a playoff series, and, separating the near-great from the great, tell us who would win. And why.

This book is about a life - a hockey life, a Canadian life, a life of achievement. It is Scotty Bowman in his natural element, behind the bench one more time.

©2019 Ken Dryden (P)2019 McClelland & Stewart

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Long Story Long

I enjoyed many parts of the story; however, there are also long winded portions of the book that could have, and should have been edited out in my opinion. At times it was a bit confusing distinguishing between what Scotty Bowman said/thought versus what the author thinks or says.

Overall I did enjoy hearing about Bowman’s long history in the game and his reflections on each generation that he has been involved with.

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Insightful

one of my top three hockey books of all time. Dreyden's "The Hame and Red Fisher's "The Redline" the others. Good book.

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  • JJ
  • 2021-03-21

Good book but misled

I was hoping to hear more about Scottys life but instead it was more about his opinion about the best teams.

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Ken Dryden hits the mark again.

Great approach to telling Scotty's story and the describing the NHL throughout his life. Really enjoyed the story and the narrative.

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Great book and oral presentation

This was a great listen. As a long time hockey fan I loved hearing the detail drawn out of this great sports mind, and you learn something of the man, his time, and his observations in a beautiful narrational style.

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Outstanding

A great story about Hockey, about the greatest teams and greatest figures in hockey all wrapped around the experiences of the greatest coach in hockey. Ken does a wonderful job narrating, I can’t imagine anyone else telling this story.
A perfect audiobook for hockey fans.

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walk down hockey lane

If you want a comprehensive history of the NHL since the 1940s from the perspective of its greatest mind this is your book. Between Dryden's analytical approach to Bowman's mind and Bowman himself thinking out loud, it will affirm, challenge, and surprise your preconceptions about the past. It also makes clear how hockey, a dynamic game, will continue to change and evolve as it has in the past 70 years.

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Amazing Story

Amazing story of the one person who has seen everything hockey has to offer.

Ken Dryden is also amazing to listen to.

Recommend this and all of Kens books.

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Good but a little long

Lots of good stuff here, but the final chapters are repetitive and Dryden starts to sound a little pedantic by the end. Also, I wish he were more honest about Bowman's dark side and the fact that many of his players found him to be a tyrant. That said, it's a worthwhile listen, especially the first two-thirds or so, which provide a great history of the NHL over the last 75 years.

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Missing some important information

Very good book if you’re interested about Hockey. It’s more the story of post WW2 Hockey history seen by Scotty Bowman than a Scotty’s bio. Scotty was consider as a tough coach and, at least during his Canadian’s year he was hate by all his players. He humiliated Phil Esposito in the 76 Canada Cup by dressing him but benched him all game. There is no mention of that or how he coached.
I liked the book but be interested more by an unauthorized biography.

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  • Dennis E. Pipper
  • 2020-04-24

Great Concept and Excellent Execution

I already read Dryden's other book, The Game, so I knew what I was getting - very vivid storytelling and very Canadian linguistics. This made the experience even better.

The book starts out but having Scotty choose his favorite 8 teams and then they walk through the teams he chose interweaving Scotty's life throughout. What a neat idea to get a guy to talk about himself when he doesn't want to talk about himself!

Scotty coached many teams so this isn't a book about any one team, you will get lots of hockey history. Since Scotty grew up near Montreal, you can't hate the Habs, 'cause there is quite a bit of talk about them. I am in my 50's, so the teams he talks about are many of the teams I watched growing up. This is a must read for EVERY hockey fan! #LGRW

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  • 2021-07-05

Excellent book and reading.

This is my third Dryden book and I really appreciate the details and substance in his writing as well as his solid reading of his words.

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  • S. R.
  • 2020-01-02

Absolutely brilliant.

As always, Mr. Dryden has written and narrated a masterpiece about two masterpieces. The epic sport we call hockey and it’s greatest coach, our Red Wings coach, Scotty. You could not ask for a better trifecta of awesome than Dryden, Hockey stories and Bowman. A brilliant look into Scottys life, his mind, and his life. All the little curiosities I had about Coach Bowman are being answered in this book, as are so many great insights in to some of the greatest players in this sport. And, just as in Game Change, Mr. Dryden narration is spot on. Thank you Ken....and Scotty. #LGRW

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  • 2021-10-02

Dryden Does it Again

As a fan of Scotty Bowman since the 90’s and only knowing a bit of his earlier storied career it was great to hear how Scotty thought the game. Wish this book was out when I was coaching as it gave me a better thought process of the game and how to approach situations.

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  • chris bloomgren
  • 2021-06-29

best hockey, no best sports book I've ever read

This is a man who has seen every player you've ever heard of as a rookie on up. This is a man who is a student of the game in the truest sense of the word. The way this story is told is so much much better than just a biography. It teaches history of the game beyond stats and names, It teaches the evolution of the philosophy of the game and I found myself dying to know who would be champion of Scotty's bracket. awesome!! If you are a fan of any sport, if you play, or coach this is a must read.

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  • Thomas
  • 2021-02-15

Fabulous Hockey Book

this book is excellent in its story telling and its description of the hockey greats

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  • Steven Rochon
  • 2020-11-20

Like No Other

Scotty Bowman’s story spans from hockey’s Golden Age of Tge Rocket, Plante and BoomBoom to the present. It is as much a book about coaching any sport at any level as it is about hockey. And while I’ve never really been a fan of hockey books, I love Dryden’s ability to communicate his knowledge, love of a great game and his story telling.

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  • David O.
  • 2020-10-07

Fantastic book for the hockey fan

This is a fantastic book for any hockey fan. Scotty Bowman is the best coach in NHL history and arguably the best coach ever in pro sports. I loved how he went through 7 decades of hockey, identifying the best teams of those decades. Who the players were, what made them great. What were their weaknesses? How would he coach them? How would he coach against them? Great insight into a great hockey mind. If you love the sport of hockey, this is a must read.